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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 28, 2013 – 9:00 am

The roster for the Colts has been updated to current heights and weights for the 90 players that are scheduled to report to training camp.

Here is a link to the updated roster.

Below are some of the more significant weight changes on the roster.

  • QB-Andrew Luck (239 pounds)- A gain of 5 pounds.
  • RB-Vick Ballard (224 pounds)- A gain of 7 pounds.
  • WR-Griff Whalen (197 pounds) A gain of 12 pounds.
  • TE-Dwayne Allen (265 pounds) A gain of 10 pounds.
  • TE-Coby Fleener (247 pounds) A loss of 5 pounds.
  • TE-Weslye Saunders (261 pounds) A loss of 9 pounds.
  • OT-Anthony Castonzo (307 pounds) A loss of 8 pounds.
  • C/OG-Khaled Holmes (319 pounds) A gain of 17 pounds.
  • OG-Hugh Thornton (334 pounds) A gain of 14 pounds.
  • NT-Josh Chapman (340 pounds) A gain of 24 pounds.
  • DE-Lawrence Guy (318 pounds) A gain of 18 pounds.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on June 13, 2013 – 8:55 am

Each morning will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?

Take a look below at the top five pieces from Thursday, June 13th.

Colts’ Bradshaw gets the boot for open practice

By: Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

DiPrimio took a look at a man in a boot on Wednesday evening.

That man was new Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw and he is pleased to call Indianapolis his new home.

“This is a blessing for me,” Bradshaw said. “The Colts are an organization that cares. This is the right fit for me.”

Minicamp is all about mental reps as Bradshaw recovers from a foot injury before he hits the field for training camp.

“He wants to go, but he’s not ready,” Pagano said. “We’ve got one practice left. It wouldn’t make any sense to have him out there and re-injure that foot and miss half the season.”

Colts are looking at 4 players and 1,300 pounds to fill key nose tackle position

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Chappell takes a look at one of the most competitive position battles across the Colts roster at the nose tackle position.

How important is a nose tackle in a 3-4 defensive scheme?

Chappell asked two key cogs.

“The pinpoint of the defense,” explained Aubrayo Franklin.

Added Josh Chapman: “You’ve got to be the heart and soul of this defense.”

A majority of the article looks at Chapman who has turned some heads this offseason and his head coach has high praise for the second-year tackle.

“Chappy’s like sticking a 700-, 800-pound safe in the middle,” Pagano said. “You’re not going to move him. Someone tries to come in the house and take the safe, it ain’t happening.’’

Colts hold open minicamp for fans at Lucas Oil Stadium

By: Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

Many topics are covered in Chappell’s notebook of Wednesday evening’s open minicamp practice.

Chappell mentions the big plays on both sides of the ball, owner Jim Irsay’s presence and a crowd of around 10,000 people at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“I thought we put on a very good show for the crowd,’’ linebacker Robert Mathis said. “We gave them something to look forward to this upcoming season.’’

The attention also turned to No. 44 on the sideline as Ahmad Bradshaw was a spectator while resting a foot injury that is expected to be healed in time for training camp.

“He’s standing right there. He’s got the script in his hand. He was into it,’’ Pagano said. “When he gets back . . . he’ll be ready to go. He won’t miss a beat.

Andrew Luck taking a firm grip on Colts’ reins

By: Mike Garafolo, USA Today

Garafolo takes a look a the relationship between Luck and backup Matt Hasselbeck with a focus on the page turning from 2012 to 2013.

“I don’t think anybody’s content. Last year was great, I’m proud of it and all that stuff, but no one’s worried about that now,” Luck told USA TODAY Sports. “We could’ve won zero games or won all of our games. For us, it’s about this year. That’s where our focus is.

“Guys just get that. And the tone that starts at the top with Chuck is one of ‘Work hard, no matter what the circumstances, be thankful you have a chance to play football and give it all you’ve got.'”

As a 15-year veteran, Hasselbeck has a keen eye for strong quarterback play and sees just that on, and off, the field in Luck.

“Andrew was incredible,” Hasselbeck said. “‘Here we go, we’re going to do this. Next, Donald Brown, what’s your favorite bag drill? Cool, that’s what we’re doing. Let’s go.’

“He wasn’t bossing anybody around. It was fun. It was cool. Some people don’t have that personality. They’re good players, but they don’t have that.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on March 27, 2013 – 8:00 am

During Monday evening’s conference call with season ticket holders, Colts GM Ryan Grigson answered numerous questions from fans.

Here is an article highlighting some of Grigson’s answers.

Below are a few of the extra tidbits that were not included in the article above. The highlights below are Grigson’s thoughts about some of the lesser-known members of the Colts 2012 rookie class and how he sees LaRon Landry fitting in at the safety position alongside Antoine Bethea:

On the progress of 2012 fifth round draft pick Josh Chapman, who missed the entire season recovering from an ACL injury that he had surgery on in January of 2012:

“Josh Chapman was someone that we feel very highly towards. He was a guy that should have been drafted a lot of higher but he played (his senior season) with a torn ACL and that kind of shows you what kind of guy he is. Most guys don’t play on it. He played through the whole season, won a National Championship and he was the one hoisting the trophy at the end. He’s a huge man, 350-360 pounds, quick-footed guy that I think is going to make a big difference for us in the run game. He’s somebody that you can look forward to seeing out there this year.”

On the development of sixth round draft pick LaVon Brazill, who caught 11 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown in 2012.

-LaVon Brazill had some great flashes of brilliance against Detroit and some other games as a vertical threat. He’s big. He’s strong and he can get off press (coverage). He’s been a really good special teamer and made some plays as a gunner on our punt team. He’s a guy, as a sixth round pick, I think will continue to grow.”

On the prospect of undrafted free agent wide receiver Griff Whalen and if he could follow in the mold of other successful undrafted slot receivers in the NFL:

-We feel that we have a pretty good young, slot receiver in Griff Whalen. He would have played and probably caught a lot of balls for us this past year had he not broken his foot.

On the safety position with Pro Bowlers LaRon Landry lining up next to Antoine Bethea moving forward:

-They will play side-by-side. In Chuck’s defense, I think we will have the best safety tandem in the NFL. I really do. They are two of the best at their position. They’ll be just fine back their together. I think Antoine was one of the first players to even react to the signing because the culture we have is ‘we just want to win.’ We are not worried about the other things, ‘we just want to win.’ Players and true champions, they want the best around them. They want to play with the best players.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on January 18, 2013 – 11:34 am

If Ryan Grigson’s future draft classes can come close to mirroring the same amount of success his first one in Indianapolis accomplished than the Colts will be a force for the years to come.

The rookie class amassed an NFL record 3,108 yards this season thanks to a handful of skill position players.

Defensively, fifth round pick Josh Chapman is still waiting in the wings after the defensive tackle missed the entire season rehabbing a knee injury.

Grigson beams when talking about his rookie class but he also adds a few names to that group.

What about Bradley Sowell?

The Colts plucked the undrafted free agent off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad on Sept. 11 and Sowell played in 10 games this season.

“Bradley Sowell is a guy, I think he has true left tackle ability,” Grigson said. “It will make himself more valuable if he settles in at right so he can play both.”

Sowell saw his most playing time in the AFC Wild Card loss to the Ravens when he was thrust into action after right tackle Winston Justice went down with an injury in the first quarter.

“Brad is going to be a much better player because of that experience. He fought his tail off.” The Colts GM said

What about Lawrence Guy?

With the defensive line ravaged with injuries, Guy was signed off the Green Bay Packers practice squad on Oct. 17 and played nine games, including starting the final three contests of the year.

Grigson also points to Nathan Palmer, who was signed off the San Francisco 49ers after going undrafted, as a receiver that the General Manger calls ‘about as explosive a receiver we have.’

The headliners from this rookie class will still be Luck, Hilton Ballard, Allen etc. but it’s the guys on the backend of the roster that Grigson points to in completing a group that will play a leading role in the future of the Colts.

“Getting those guys is exciting because those are guys that we looked at in the draft and we were able to get without burning a pick,” Grigson said.

“It may be a warped view but I feel like those guys we poached from other teams practice squads early this season, those guys to me feel like draft picks. The nice thing about that is it’s only going to serve us well in the future because what we’ve been through this year as a team and as human beings.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 26, 2012 – 9:15 am

With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week will take a look at how the first-year players performed.

Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen was second on the team with three catches for 36 yards on Sunday. Allen continues to lead all rookie tight ends in the NFL with 34 catches for 385 yards.

Vick Ballard, RB: Ballard had 13 carries for 41 yards on Sunday and leads the team with 118 carries for 427 yards on the season.

LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill had one catch for 11 yards on Sunday and was called on for punt coverage duty in the fourth quarter as well. On the season, Brazill leads the team with averaging 15.1 yards per catch.

T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton was the star on Sunday ending a five-year punt return drought for the Colts with a 75-yarder for a touchdown early in the first quarter. Hilton added three catches for 33 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 20-of-37 for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Bills. With the win, Luck tied Rams quarterback Sam Bradford for the most wins (seven) by a quarterback selected No. 1 overall since 1970.

Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer was active but did not play on Sunday.

Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was used as a tackle eligible on several occasions on Sunday.

Rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman, tight end Coby Fleener and tight end Dominique Jones were inactive against the Bills.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 23, 2012 – 8:48 am

When C.J. Spiller touches the football on Sunday, Colts defenders know what how quickly the speedy Bills running back can change the course of a game.

A dual-threat back, Spiller is averaging 7.6 yards per touch on offense this season and leads the league with 6.6 yards per carry.

“I think he definitely falls into that category of shifty, speed, acceleration, 0-100 type guy,” Colts outside linebacker Justin Hickman said. “He poses a lot of problems. We are going to have to gang tackle and wrap him up.”

Spiller’s 109 carries for 723 yards makes up his 6.6 yards per carry average but he also has 31 catches for 336 yards on the season.

Colts interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called the Bills the best screen team in the NFL and Spiller is major component of Buffalo’s success in that area.

Hickman called Spiller a ‘home run threat’ at any time and defensive tackle Josh Chapman is impressed by the Bills running back’s ability to reverse fields.

“(Spiller) hits the gaps and makes the right reads,” Chapman said. “He’s one of those guys you have to play your gap and do your job because he can cut back into the gap and cut it across the field and make a big play.”

In his three seasons in the NFL, Spiller has set a Bills franchise record with 5.40 yards per carry (290 rushes for 1,567 yards).

Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was extremely complimentary of his running back and knows that if the Bills offense wants to become more consistent than Spiller must continue to get his hands on the football.

“If you get him (Spiller) out in space, he does a great job of setting up blocks. A lot of times guys will feel like they have an angle on him to take him down on the sideline and he will quickly prove to them that they do not,” Fitzpatrick said.

“I think the biggest thing with him is speed. He has so much confidence. That is the biggest thing I have seen in terms of his growth in the last few years.”


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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 12, 2012 – 5:19 pm

While the roster news on Monday included defensive end Drake Nevis and Jerraud Powers being placed injured reserve, there was some good behind those significant defensive losses.

Rookie nose tackle Josh Chapman was bumped up to the active roster following practicing with the team for the past three weeks.

After finally putting on pads in the NFL for the first time in late October, Chapman is now prepared to hit somebody other than his teammates.

“I’ve been ready to get back in there and I feel like my mind is ready to get back there,” Chapman said. “I’ve been testing (the knee) in practice and now I’m ready to test it in a game.”

Chapman tore his ACL 13 months ago but elected not to have surgery until completing his senior season at the University of Alabama.

Upon capturing his second National Title in three seasons, Chapman had surgery on his knee and it has been a trying offseason filled with mental reps.

Learning to play on two legs again for Chapman is an ever-going process, one he hopes will continue this weekend.

“I’m very, very anxious but at the same time you can’t let anxious get in the way,” the rookie nose tackle said.

“My confidence is there now it’s just about going out and testing this thing now. The way I see it is don’t hold back and just be relaxed. Keep your mind off your knee and just go play ball, back to what I love to do.”

His NFL debut might have come later than he wanted but then again not many players can say they have the chance to play their first game against Tom Brady.

“It will be really fun,” Chapman said “Watching (Brady) as a young kid, this is what you dream of playing on the big stage.”

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Posted by coltsindianapolis on – 3:03 pm

The Indianapolis Colts today activated nose tackle Josh Chapman from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List and elevated tight end Kyle Miller from the practice squad to the active roster. The Colts placed defensive tackle Drake Nevis and cornerback Jerraud Powers on Injured Reserve.

Chapman, 6-0, 316 pounds, was originally selected by the Colts in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Alabama. During his 54-game collegiate career, Chapman was a part of two Crimson Tide National Championship teams (2009 and 2011) and produced 88 tackles (44 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and four passes defensed. As a senior, he contributed to a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense (183.6 ypg), rush defense (72.2 ypg) and scoring defense (8.2 ppg).

Miller, 6-5, 260 pounds, was signed by the Colts as a free agent on April 3, 2012. He was waived on August 31 and signed to the practice squad a day later. Miller was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mount Union on July 26, 2011 before being waived on September 3. At Mount Union, Miller totaled 87 catches for 1,259 yards and 16 touchdowns in 47 games, while earning All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team, All-North Region first-team and All-America honors.

Nevis, 6-1, 310 pounds, appeared in nine game this season (three starts), totaling 20 tackles (seven solo) and one sack. For his career, he has played in 14 games (three starts) and has recorded 39 tackles (16 solo), one sack and one pass defensed.

Powers, 5-10, 187 pounds, started in eight games this year and registered 45 tackles (34 solo), seven passes defensed and an interception. Over his four-year career, he has started all 42 games he’s played while making 220 tackles (165 solo), 32 passes defensed, seven interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on November 1, 2012 – 8:29 am

Last week it was Josh Chapman finally strapping on pads for the first time in the NFL.

Now it’s time for the man next to him in the Colts locker room, rookie offensive guard Justin Anderson, to hit the practice field.

Anderson spent the first half of his rookie season on the physically unable to perform list and now can being practicing with the team, as the Colts exercise a three-week window on whether or not to place him on the 53-man roster for the remainder of the season.”

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Anderson said on Wednesday. “It’s been a long time coming. It’s been a slow process but I’m finally back. I’m hoping everything goes as planned.”

It was a difficult offseason for Anderson. Besides a turf injury during his junior season at Georgia, the six-foot-five-inches and 342-pounds Anderson has never had to deal with an injury that has kept him out this long.

While he couldn’t be out in the trenches during practice, Anderson has been ingrained in the film room trying to soak everything in so when this week eventually came he would be more than prepared.

“That’s pretty much all I could do which is not the same,” Anderson said of only getting mental reps. “It’s always better when you’re doing them physically. Mental reps are all that I’ve been getting since camp and it’s time to put them to use.”

At training camp, it was Anderson and Chapman routinely seen on the adjacent practice field rehabbing with each other in hopes of getting on the playing field in their rookie seasons.

Anderson cracked a smile on Wednesday afternoon knowing that in less than an hour he would be putting on the pads for the first of what he hopes is many times in his NFL career.

“I’m kind of excited,” Anderson said. “I kind of got butterflies a little bit because I haven’t played football in a while. I’m kind of excited.”

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Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 31, 2012 – 8:43 am

At times Colts nose tackle Josh Chapman seems to be the forgotten man in the 2012 rookie class.

While half dozen rookies have dominated the headlines on the offensive side of the ball for the Colts, Chapman is slowly beginning to garner a little attention of his own.

The 316-pound nose tackle returned to the practice field last week for the first time in a Colts uniform and interim head coach/offensive coordinator Bruce Arians liked what he saw.

“Josh had a real good week of practice last week. He’s got two more weeks before we have to activate him and we’ll see how he does in pads again this week,” Arians said on Monday night’s ‘Pagano Show’ with ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey.

Chapman had surgery to repair a torn ACL following the University of Alabama capturing the 2012 National Title in January.

The ACL was torn on Oct. 1, 2011, but Chapman elected to play through the injury the rest of the season in hoping to win his second National Title in three seasons.

“He’s learning to play on two legs again,” Arians said. “That’s a hard thing to get your mind re-trained after playing on one leg for a season. We’re not going to rush him too fast. When he’s ready, he’s going to play.”

When selected back in April, Chapman talked about the importance of the nose tackle position in the 3-4 hybrid defense and loves to ‘keep his linebackers clean’ by occupying multiple blockers.

Arians called Chapman ‘a classic nose guard’ that can take up space and impact the offense whether it’s a run or pass.

“He’s a powerful run stopper,” Arians said. “He can also push the middle of the pocket as a pass rusher. He’s as thick and as wide as you want him to be.”

“He’s the natural guy in there. We just want to make sure he’s healthy for the long haul.”

Along with Chapman, the Colts other pick in the fifth round was running back Vick Ballard.

For the past couple of days, Ballard has been in the spotlight after his spectacular leaping touchdown to give the Colts a 19-13 overtime victory over the Titans.

Ballard’s fellow fifth round pick is itching to get back on the field and Arians believes the injury is the lone reason Chapman fell in the draft.

“There’s no doubt that had he been healthy he probably would have been a second rounder,” Arians said. “With his knee, and having to have surgery after the season, we felt like we got a steal. Now that he’s healthy, you’re looking at a second, third round talent guy that we got later.”

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